FCC Continues To Push Broadband Into Every Home

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, in accordance with Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, completed his investigation into the state of broadband Internet inside of the United States. The overall progress report was positive, and the FCC is pushing forward with initiatives to help increase the availability of broadband.

The progress report showed that the number of users with broadband access increased to roughly 90 percent, a seven percent increase nationwide. Rural areas jumped up from just 47 percent of users with broadband access in 2013, to 61 percent in 2014. Although this is still not ideal, it does show considerable growth in a relatively short amount of time.

To further help spread broadband across the nation, the FCC signed agreements with multiple ISPs that insured these companies would invest over $1.5 billion in their networks by the end of 2020. The FCC has also agreed to help fund these initiatives by investing over $2.8 billion to connect schools and libraries with broadband connections in excess of 100 MB/s.

With the increased efforts of the FCC to connect all citizens of the United States with broadband-level Internet connections, we should expect to see these percentages continue to climb over the next few years.

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  • jayracer7474
    This is a bogus article, basically the government trying to take credit for private sector gains after the hostile takeover they forced on us last year. I'm the asst director of IT for a public school in a rural area and we already have 1gb Internet to every site. The amount of hoops we have to go through to get the funding is literally a nightmare. Its beaurcracy hell with all kind of stipulations and made up terminology, as if we dont have enough work already. Before I was hired we had a contract through MFN which they highly pushed the district on to because it was the easiest to sign up for and we had at the speed 50mb wan and 15mb intranet between sites. So an entire school of 1000 kids had 1 15 mb connection and we paid 800k a year for that privilege. When we were up on contract comcast ran our own private fiber network with 1gb connections for 140k a year. The hoops and extra work we had to go through to make it happen on erate (federal school amd library money) was absolutely ridiculous and took over a year of paperwork.
  • dwthomasjr
    I agree that the federal programs are complete crap for education. When I was working as the network admin for a local school district we could only get funding approved for one location so we had to come out of pocket to install fiber from the IT office to all of the schools in order to get them internet access since the local ISP would not allow us to lease lines to the schools then pipe internet over the leased lines. In a very rural county this was a hard financial strain as two of the schools where 20-25 miles away from the IT office in the county seat.
  • anathema_forever
    I am a bit curious on the definition of "Broadband" and rural. half a mile out of a city or town is rural, or something and satellite and maybe cellular data now count as broadband?